Announcement: New Visualization Technical Preview (6 March 2017)

Data visualizations are an incredibly important tool for understanding and analyzing your data. However, despite their significance, data visualizations can often be difficult to create well or confusing to interpret and understand.

In order to lower the technical bar to create beautiful and well-designed data visualizations, Socrata has taken what we’ve learned from our standard visualization editor (the green “Visualize” sidebar) and the intuitive and powerful Data Lens experience, and are excited to introduce the new visualization creation and exploration experience.


Users of Perspectives are already familiar with these new data visualizations, but a couple of significant new features have been added with the release of the technical preview to all sites: the ability to group data by an additional field (or “data series grouping”) and filtering. Additionally, these new visualizations can now be saved as stand-alone assets in your data catalog where they can be discovered and explored by your public users. Here are the top features to know about if you are just getting started with these new visualizations:

  • The charts and maps available today are: bar chart, column chart, pie chart, timeline chart, histogram, point map, and region map.
  • There are a number of customization options, including (but certainly not limited to) colors, axis titles, labels, flyouts, and sorting.
  • Filters can be added to the visualizations, and can either be hidden from or editable by public users.
  • An additional grouping dimension can be added to the bar, column, and timeline charts.
  • These visualizations can be embedded elsewhere on the web.
  • For now you can add one visualization to the page, but in the future you will be able to add multiple, similar to how Data Lens works today.

During the technical preview, all site Administrators and Publishers can use the new visualization experience for any tabular datasets. We encourage you to try it out and let us know what you think through the feedback button on the page or emailing us at For now you can continue to create visualizations and Data Lens through “Visualize” on any dataset, but eventually the new visualization library will become the default and only visualization experience for Socrata.

Read this Knowledge Base article for more details on how the new visualization experience works.

Check out our other Product News, and give us a shout at with questions or ideas.

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